The report’s proposals focus on vacant building registration, a practice all municipalities should adopt. Registration helps communities understand the impacts of vacancies, obtain contact information for owners and mortgagees of vacant properties, design programs suited to local conditions to tackle blight, and even raise revenue to support those strategies.

The good news is that Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for having the highest number of municipalities with vacant building registrations. At MPC, our work with communities and organizations around the region has proven the value of vacant building registration: For instance, we recently issued a report detailing a number of strategies communities can employ to manage the growing number of single-family rental homes in the region; vacant building registration was one of the top strategies we recommended. Through our role leading the Cook County Land Bank Advisory Committee, which led to the formation of a countywide land bank, we also encouraged our region to continue to lead the nation on this best practice.

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